Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune by Christoph Wolff
Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791

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A fresh look at the life of Mozart during his imperial years by one of the world's leading Mozart scholars.

"I now stand at the gateway to my fortune," Mozart wrote in a letter of 1790. He had entered into the service of Emperor Joseph II of Austria two years earlier as Imperial-Royal Chamber Composer—a salaried appointment with a distinguished title and few obligations. His extraordinary subsequent output, beginning with the three final great symphonies from the summer of 1788, invites a reassessment of this entire period of his life. Readers will gain a new appreciation and understanding of the composer's works from that time without the usual emphasis on his imminent death. The author discusses the major biographical and musical implications of the royal appointment and explores Mozart's "imperial style" on the basis of his major compositions—keyboard,chamber, orchestral, operatic, and sacred—and focuses on the large, unfamiliar works he left incomplete. This new perspective points to an energetic, fresh beginning for the composer and a promising creative and financial future.

About Christoph Wolff

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Christoph Wolff, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the Adams University Professor at Harvard University and one of the world's foremost experts on Bach and Mozart. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published May 21, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The Boston Globe

Continue reading below MOZART AT THE GATEWAY TO HIS FORTUNE: Serving the Emperor, 1788-1791 Christoph Wolff Publisher: In 1787 Emperor Joseph II appointed Mozart ­— already known for his spectacular “Don Giovanni’’ opera, his remarkable portfolio ...

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The Berkshire Review

After the September 30 performance, Mozart wrote to Constanze, “Cries of bravo were shouted at Stadler from the balcony and even from the orchestra.” By October 6 Mozart wrote that he had almost completed the orchestration of the rondo of a concerto for Stadler, and Stadler premiered it in Prague...

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